CBT and Cognitive Distortions (CBT Certificate Course - 3rd Edition - Session 11)

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 - 7-9pm (EDT)

A Journey from Fear and Suffering to Empowerment, Confidence, and Assertiveness

This is the eleventh session in the 12-Week Course that continues every Wednesday for 12 Weeks.

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An Evidence-Based Practice Mastered Through
The SWEET Model

A 12-Week Course
24 CEU Credits for Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors, and CASACs

On how to help your patients and clients better manage

Mental Chatter * Cognitive Errors * Anxiety * Loneliness * and Depression * in addition to how to build

A healthier self-image, self-esteem, and self-confidence

An Evidence-Based Practice to help your patients and clients finally take charge of their

Emotions * Thoughts * Behaviors * and

Finally Cease Their Cycle of Suffering.

“One’s Interpretation of a Situation, Rather Than the Situation Itself,

Determines The Feelings and Behaviors That Follow.”

The Fundamentals of CBT

While you can attend this session, and any of the individual 12 sessions in this 12-week CBT Certificate Course, please note that attendance to either all the live or the self-study sessions is required if you are seeking a final certificate in CBT.

You are, however, entitled to 2 CEUs for this session or any other stand-alone sessions that you may choose to attend.

There are a handful of states that the NASW does not cover because those states want to maintain their independent authority to approve, or not, providers and courses. In New York State, the Office of Professions controls the approval process. We are an approved provider by the NY State Office of Professions. In other words:

  • In the State of New York, SWEET Institute is approved by the Office of Professions under Dr. Sidor Psychiatric Services as a CEU provider for social workers (#SW-0471) and mental health counselors (#MHC-0127).
  • Our live and self-study webinars are individually approved by the NASW National CE Approval Program in 46 additional states. SWEET courses are NOT approved by the NASW National CE Approval Program in: Michigan, New Jersey, and West Virginia.

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View Below for the Full Curriculum

Join the SWEET Institute for a transformative and Experiential Learning Certificate Course that allows you to have the fundamentals of CBT to then help your patients and clients.

At the end of this Certificate Course, you will have:

  1. Learned and mastered the less common skills that make the biggest difference in CBT.
  2. Identified how to help the 1/3 of your patients and clients for whom the basic CBT skills alone have not been effective, thus far.
  3. Mastered Cognitive Restructuring, its 4 steps, and learned how to best tailor them to your unique style and to your patients and clients.
  4. Mastered the framework of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to increase the effectiveness of your work in helping patients and clients.
  5. Learned the principles, techniques, and steps of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
  6. Increased your tools to helping patients and clients through the skillful implementation of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
  7. Mastered the integration of the Science of the Natural Blueprint in your practice of CBT.


"CBT has become a strong foundation for my other strategic practices. Thank you! This is an important topic to integrate into my personal life!"

- Makayla, LSW

"I wish that I could have joined live, but the practice of applying CBT with role playing is a great way to see the foundations in action. The practice gave a regular flow to CBT instead of the steps on paper."

- Jill, LMSW

"Excellent current subject matter relevant to help my clients."

- Charles, LCSW

"Able to ask questions and responses from instructor and fellow colleagues. Great topic; allows you to evaluate your thoughts and retrain your brain."

- Kenny, LCSW

"Ways to think about using CBT differently. I love the style of the SWEET trainings. Role plays are really helpful to bring everything together."

- Sara, LMHC

Session Dates and Topics:

Week 1: Introduction to CBT - January 13, 2021 (Wednesday - 7-9pm EST)

Week 2: CBT and Its Different Components - January 20, 2021 (Wednesday - 7-9pm EST)

Week 3: CBT and Cognitions - January 27, 2021 (Wednesday - 7-9pm EST)

Week 4: CBT and Behavior - February 3, 2021 (Wednesday - 7-9pm EST)

Week 5: CBT and Therapy - February 10, 2021 (Wednesday - 7-9pm EST)

Week 6: CBT and Beliefs - February 17, 2021 (Wednesday - 7-9pm EST)

Week 7: CBT and Imagination - February 24, 2021 (Wednesday - 7-9pm EST)

Week 8: CBT and Emotions - March 3, 2021 (Wednesday - 7-9pm EST)

Week 9: CBT and Action - March 10, 2021 (Wednesday - 7-9pm EST)

Week 10: CBT and Perception - March 17, 2021 (Wednesday - 7-9pm EDT)

Week 11: CBT and Cognitive Distortions - March 24, 2021 (Wednesday - 7-9pm EDT)

Week 12: CBT and Cognitive Restructuring - March 31, 2021 (Wednesday - 7-9pm EDT)

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Your Facilitator and Co-Facilitator

Mardoche Sidor, MD and Karen A. Dubin, PhD, LCSW
Mardoche Sidor, MD and Karen A. Dubin, PhD, LCSW

Mardoche Sidor, MD

Mardoche Sidor, MD is a Harvard-trained Quadruple Board Certified Psychiatrist, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University, School of Physicians and Surgeons, trained in and taught all major psychotherapeutic modalities, including and not limiting to CBT, DBT, Family Systems, and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. He is also the author of 3 books including Journey to Empowerment; Discovering Your Worth; and The Power of Faith. Dr. Sidor has worked both as a primary care physician and Medical director in three different settings, including a Chief Medical Officer of Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services (CASES). He is a main facilitator for the SWEET Institute.

Karen Dubin-McKnight, PhD, LCSW

Karen Dubin-McKnight, PhD, LCSW is a Columbia-trained Social Worker with wide clinical, teaching, and supervision experience. She also has a background in management, mentorship, and leadership that spans over 20 years. Her added passion is in advocacy and coaching. She has previously held Executive-Level positions and is currently Adjunct Faculty at Columbia University School of Social Work and Adelphi University School of Social Work. She maintains a private practice, working with individuals who have experienced loss and trauma, and also provides clinical supervision and management training. She is also a main facilitator for the SWEET Institute.

"The entire experience was helpful, and gave me tips on how to self care that I can share with my colleagues and clients. I am so grateful to be a part of SWEET. It is educational, well presented, and I learn something new or forgotten with every webinar that I attend. Dr. Sidor has a way of teaching that makes it enjoyable. That is a gift rarely seen in someone so brilliant."

Vilma, LCSW-R

"SWEET offers a special way of presenting the information. We are so engaged in the process. It is such an enjoyable way to learn. Karen sharing her experiences with clients. Very memorable and educational. The entire process was wonderful. Loved this presentation. Very informative. Love being a SWEET member. Best decision I have ever made!"

Michelle, LCSW-R

"I thought the presentation was well thought out and organized, and I thought the presenter was excellent in conveying the course material. The course was valuable to me in my work with clients who experience anxiety because it gave me a structured framework to work from and some tangible techniques."

– Caren, LCSW

"There was a lot of practical material I can implement with my clients. The facilitator was excellent, covering a lot, and interactive with the participants actively. The clarity and usefulness of how to get unstuck, both clients and therapists, the role play. I felt welcomed, and my personal questions regarding technical aspects of the webinar were answered quickly. Great way to spend 2 hours productively, without feeling rushed."

Rachel, LCSW-R

"Very informative and personable. I felt like I was in an actual classroom. I loved it. The tools that were offered to use with my patients. It is so helpful. I felt at my wits' end when working with clients suffering with anxiety; now I have new tools."

Denise, LCSW

"I found it to be captivating and engaging. I also found that it provided techniques to actually use. Whereas other trainings do brief overviews and do not offer much to take away, this was great. I also loved how people's questions were answered, and how even though it was virtual, people were engaged."

Megan, LMSW

97% of our course attendees reported that they now have new skills to use in their everyday work

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to attend all 12 weeks in order to get my certificate?
Yes. If you missed a week, you must do the self-study (recorded) class prior to attending the subsequent week. Otherwise, you risk accumulating gaps, which may, in turn, lead to an inability to use the model adequately to help those who come to you.
Can I enroll in this Course even after it has already started?
Yes. If you register after this Course has already started, you must agree to watch all the self-study (recorded) classes and do all the lessons before you attend your first live class. Otherwise, you will likely be holding your colleagues back by asking to repeat concepts that have already been mastered.
Are there any other requirements to getting a certificate besides completing each and every one of the 12 classes?
Yes. (1) After each of the 12 classes, you must take and pass a post-test and complete an evaluation. You must score at least 80% on the post-test to obtain a CEU certificate for that particular class. (2) At the end of the 12-week Course, we will verify if you received all 12 certificates. (3) Once you have all 12 certificates, you must present a paper that contains at least the following points: (A) Your summary of CBT; (B) The main points; (C) Your personal take; (D) How it differs from all other known forms of psychotherapies that you are familiar with, so far; (E) How you plan to ensure fidelity as you practice it. There is no exception to this requirement. No one will be able to receive a certificate of completion for this Course without having met the above requirements.
Does this Course offer CEUs?
CEUs are offered through this Course for all social workers throughout the United States, except the following three states: Michigan, New Jersey, and West Virginia. This Course also offers CEUs for all social workers, Mental Health Counselors, and CASACs in the state of New York.
What are your reimbursement policies?
Anyone who registered for this Course through any of the three payment plans, and who wishes to withdraw, for whatever reason, is entitled to a reimbursement, with no questions asked other than for improvement purposes. The reimbursement will be minus the price of each single class attended by the date of wish to withdraw.
Is this whole Certificate Course at No additional cost for all SWEET Members?
Yes, the SWEET Institute pledges to make all courses available for free to all members. We ask members to please not pay for the Course to avoid the use of resources required in the reimbursement process. If you are a member and are having difficulties registering for free, please contact us.